Monday, August 29

4:00 - 5:00 PM - All LSFY Meeting: Jon Clauss presents The IDEA form
Wilson Center

4:00 - 4:30 PM - What's New with Moodle 2
Olin 110

Tuesday, August 30

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflections - Mark Anderson, Assoc. Dean of Student Services
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Google Sites ePortfolio
Learn how to create a Google Site, apply a template, add different page types, and publish a template and more.
Olin 110 

Wednesday, August 31


9:30 - 11:30 AM - Women & Gender Study Center Open House
Old Main 225

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group "What if Jesus Meant the Stuff He Said?
led by Pastor Priggie, for faculty, staff, and administrators
Bring your lunch and a Bible
Chicago, Room, College Center

Thursday, September 1

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: Marc Prensky and Mark Bauerlein Debate: Are we living Bradbury's vision?
Centennial Hall

5:00 - 7:00 PM - Fall Kickoff 2011
Lower Quad in front of Olin & Tredway Library

Friday, September 2

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Meet the new Career Development Director, Karen Eilers
Lower Quad in front of Olin & Tredway Library

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Friday Conversations: Pareena Lawrence and Carla Tracy discuss the Library Book Deaccessioning Policy
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, September 3

8:00 - 9:00 PM - The Second City Goes to College: The FAFSA and the Furious
Free for Augustana students and staff with ID. $8 for general admission
Centennial Hall

Sunday, September 4

Volume 9, Issue 2 - August 29, 2011


Thursday, September 1, 2011
10:30 - 11:20 AM
Centennial Hall
Marc Prensky and Mark Bauerlein debate
Are we living Bradbury's vision?


This Augie Reads convocation, inspired by Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, explores questions surrounding technology and its impact on social interactions today. Debating questions on this topic are authors Marc Prensky and Mark Bauerlein. Prensky and Bauerlein have very different views on technology and social relationships. The moderator will invite questions from students and faculty as we explore the issues raised by Bradbury almost 60 years ago.
Marc Prensky is an internationally-acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, game designer, and author in the field of education and learning. He holds degrees from Oberlin, Middlebury, Yale and Harvard, and has taught at all levels from elementary to college. Prensky is the author of three books: Digital Game-Based Learning, Don't Bother Me Mom - I'm Learning and Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning.

Mark Bauerlein earned his doctorate in English at UCLA. He has taught at Emory since 1989, with a two-and-a-half year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director, Office of Research and Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has published many academic books and articles on American literature, history, and philosophy. His latest book is The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future; Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30.

Fall Kickoff
Free Employee Picnic and Entertainment on the Quad
Thursday, September 1, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 PM

The Fall Kickoff is this Thursday! Employees and families are invited to join colleagues for food, three-legged races, and a water balloon toss or two. Don't forget to get your bag toss or volleyball team* and compete for prizes. A Jumpin' Joey's Bounce House will be available for the youngest Vikings. If you would rather relax on the lawn and listen to the soulful sounds of Ellis Kell, please bring a blanket or lawn chair. Make an evening of 7 PM cheer on our student athletes at the season openers for football and women's soccer. The first women's soccer game is on the new Thorson-Lucken Field.
*4-member volleyball teams may sign up in advance by emailing Beth Roberts or Allen Bertsche.

A Memorial Tribute to Jim Konrad
August 23 - September 17, 2011

Recognized as one of the top artists of our region, Jim (James) Konrad (1943-2011) is fondly remembered for his willingness to share his expertise on the particulars of artists' materials and methods-whether it was conserving a painting, discussing art history or making chalk pastels from scratch. He joined the faculty at Augustana in 1989 as an assistant professor. He was an instructor in printmaking, drawing and art education at Augustana when he passed away. This exhibition will be an overview of his life's work.

On the anniversary of his birthday, Jim Konrad's artistic contributions will be celebrated by Augustana faculty, area artists and supporters.

A Tribute to Jim Konrad
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Larson Hall, located in Bergendoff Building
7:30 p.m., followed by a reception in the Augustana College Art Museum
Refreshments will be served.

New Exhibit in Special Collections
"Food For Thought"

Interest in food and sustainability issues has been growing at Augustana, as exemplified in programs such as Farm to Fork, Augie Acres, and last year's Food Reads series. But what did an interest in food look like before the current century? Usually food isn't allowed in Special Collections, but the exhibit "Food for Thought: Books on Food and Cooking from Special Collections" uses historical food-related books to examine that question. This exhibit will be on display in Special Collections, on the first floor of the library, throughout fall term.



Augustana Faculty Recognized by
National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment

As was noted at the retreat, the Augustana faculty was recently recognized by the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment for its focus on improving student learning. Staff from NILOA will be visiting Augustana during the fall to further study changes that we have made in our curriculum and its assessment. You can read more about their preliminary findings HERE.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Competition

Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. The Summer Stipends program accepts applications from researchers, teachers, and writers, whether they have an institutional affiliation or not. Applicants with college or university affiliations must, however, be nominated by their institutions.

All applicants for Summer Stipends must submit their proposals through, the central federal government portal for all grant applications. What follows is a step-by-step guide for submitting your application through

Online applications accepted through September 29, 2011. The internal deadline for Augustana College is September 8, 2011 as the college can only nominate two applicants. For questions, please contact Sherry Docherty. More information can be found at

CUR Pre-ISSOTL Conference Workshop
"International Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Inquiry: A Scholarly Discussion"
October 19, 2011
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

CUR is pleased to announce a partnership with ISSOTL. CUR will once again co-sponsor a pre-conference workshop at ISSOTL2011 entitled: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND INQUIRY: A SCHOLARLY DISCUSSION. They are interested in posters about undergraduate research and inquiry, focused on the three themes of the symposium:

- Providing undergraduate research opportunities and collaborations across international boundaries
- Building research experiences into first-year and introductory courses
- Transforming curricula to include research and inquiry

The deadline to submit a poster for consideration is September 14, 2011. For details on specifications, please visit:

For detailed information on the 2011 event, including registration information please visit Please note the early registration deadline is September 7, 2011.

Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics
2011-2012 Community Lecture Series

The Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 Community Lecture Series. We bring this to your attention for two reasons: (1) one presentation of each lecture will be scheduled for on-campus; let me know if there is a particular course that you are teaching this year that might interface with one of the lectures, in which case we will schedule it for the term you are teaching the course, and (2) we encourage you to bring the lectures to the attention of groups and organizations of which you might be a part. Each participant agrees to present her or his lecture once on campus and up to three times off campus. The Center for the Study of Ethics pays the presentation stipends so that the lectures can be made available to community groups and organizations without cost.

This year's lectures and presenters are as follows:

Bus vs. Train: Ethics in Transit
Laura M. Hartman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religion
(; telephone: 794-7258)

The Epistemology of Moral Controversy
Douglas Parvin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy
(; telephone: 794-7451)

Can (Any) Health Reform Bill Solve the Problems of U.S. Health Care?
Joanna Short, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics
(; telephone: 794-7268)

Capital Punishment from the Perspective of Shari'ah and Islamic Ethics: Mercy, Justice, and the Law
Cyrus Ali Zargar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religion
(; telephone: 794-7615)

2011-2012 Faculty Research Forum (FRF) Schedule

The FPF is a friendly, interdisciplinary working group of researchers and writers that meet two times a term to workshop works-in-progress (e.g., book chapters, grant proposals, conference papers, journal articles, book proposals, and other forms of scholarly production). Volunteers submit their work to the group, and then we gather over drinks and snacks to ask questions and provide constructive critiques--all in an effort to improve our research and writing.

In years past, the group has consisted of a good mix of people-from assistant to full professors in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (People with sabbaticals or pre-tenure paid leaves often find the group especially valuable.) We ask only that members make a commitment to give and to receive feedback on works-in-progress. This typically means that each member presents a draft about once a year and attends the other meetings as regularly as possible.

The times for all meetings are 4:30 - 6:00 PM in the Dahl Room of the College Center. Dates for this year's FRF workshops are:
September 15, 2011
October 13, 201
December 8, 2011
January 26, 2012
March 22, 2012
April 26, 2012

If you are interested in being part of this group--or wish to learn more-please email Bob Tallitsch before Friday, September 2, 2011 and indicate the following:

(1) name, (2) discipline, (3) a brief description of a project that you are working on this year, and (4) the FRF date that the project would be ready for review (not necessarily completed): 15 September, 13 October, 8 December, 26 January, 22 March and 26 April. (We already have 1 individual presenting on 15 September, so we only need one more volunteer for that date.

Questions? Ideas? Suggestions? Please contact Bob Tallitsch (Biology) or Bill Hammer (Geology).


LSFY Meetings
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wilson Center

Monday, August 29, 2011 (week 2)
Monday, September 12, 2011 (week 4)
Monday, October 3, 2011 (week 7)
Monday, October 24, 2011 (week 10)
Monday, November 28, 2011 (week 3)
Monday, January 16, 2012 (week 7)
Monday, February 6, 2012 (week 10)
Monday, March 19, 2012 (week 3)
Monday, April 16, 2012 (week 7)
Monday, May 7, 2012 (week 10)

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Wilson Center

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Thursday, December 14, 2011
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Faculty Senate Meetings
Hanson Hall of Science 102

Thursday, September 8, 2011
11:30 - 12:15

Thursday, September 29, 2011
11:00 - 12:00

Thursday, October 20, 2011
11:30 - 12:15

Thursday, December 1, 2011
11:30 - 12:15

Thursday, January 12, 2012
11:00 - 12:00

Thursday, February 2, 2012
11:00 - 12:00

Full Faculty Meetings
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Olin Auditorium

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012